Archive for Portraits

Love has no boundaries…. as depicted by Arthur & Tyler’s love for each other. This same sex couple will be sharing their wedding vows at Willow Ridge Manor next Summer and we’re so excited to be photographing it, along with my husband providing their musical entertainment via his DJ business. I got to spend an beautiful Summer evening with them strolling around downtown to do these urban engagement photos for them. Since Willow Ridge Manor has a completely different feel to it we decided to focus more on the city that they live in. I love Denver! It keeps changing and there’s always new places for me to take photographs at…. I remember when I first moved here (over 20 years ago). The area around Union Station used to be pretty much a quiet spot without a lot of activity. You could get get a landscape photo of Denver’s skyline from the same place I took the last two photos in this post now there’s nothing but high rises there and it’s always full of people. Progress… it changes things. In this case for the better as I’m so happy that people in love can get married now no matter who they are! Looking forward to celebrating your big day with you both! ~Jamie

I’ve been working on so many weddings the last couple months that I’m a little behind with posting other photography sessions. Since this couple from the engagement/family portrait session I photographed at the end of July are getting married this weekend at Willow Ridge Manor; I thought I better post it! I had such a blast creating these images for this family, so much so that I’m really looking forward to covering their wedding!  A lot of couples today enter into marriage already having children, so it just makes sense to include them in some of the engagement photos! Adalynn is such a cutie! Who wouldn’t want her in the photos! Lots of love to you both and we’ll see you this weekend!

It’s that time of year again! My phone and emails are non-stop right now with those high school seniors for the Class of 2020 who still need to get their senior portraits done before the yearbook due dates. Most of those dates are early or late Fall so please check with your child’s yearbook staff to find out when those dates are because I assure you a few classmates will wait until the absolute last week before even looking into getting them done and by that time it’s too late! For normal turnaround time we usually need a couple weeks to do the editing on them after they are taken and then you still need to go through them, pick one out for the yearbook and then we have to submit it for you! So if you are waiting for Fall colors, but your due date is for example October 20th I wouldn’t wait, I would schedule them as soon as possible as most of my weekend dates are already full! But no worries the sun doesn’t go down until almost 7:30pm we can still do them during the week after school. The best light is around 6pm anyways!

Isaac came to me as a referral from my husband’s other job. His mom, Christina and I talked over location ideas and what he was looking to have in the background of his photos. He requested mountains! So I had the perfect spot to recommend for this outdoorsy guy! Check these photos out, I love how the blue shirt brings out the blue colors in his eyes! Have a great senior year, Isaac!

Don’t you just love Spring? And Spring babies are the best! Fresh and new to the world and super adorable! This young man has three older siblings to help him on his way. I’m so excited to share images from Cole’s newborn portrait shoot! What a cutie!

So a bunch of couples got engaged over the holidays and possibly Valentine’s Day! And they are wondering what they should start with first in the planning process! Well, before you get knee deep in the planning process a fun thing to do is to announce your engagement to the world! And one of the best ways to do this is by having some amazing photos taken of you both during an Engagement Portrait Session! Whether you and your significant other have been together a year or longer, a lot of times there are not a ton of photos of you together as a couple. This is a great way to add some photos to your albums, meet and try out a photographer that you might possibly use for your wedding and to have some fun casual photos of you and your fiance’ for things like your wedding website, save-the-date cards and more!

Here are some great poses and ideas to make your session fabulous!

1.) Beautiful View – Choose a Location for an Outstanding Natural View! (Especially if you can’t hold your wedding at a location with a spectacular view!)

2.) Incorporate Your Pets – Let’s face it your dogs are your family! Bring them along to the photo-shoot for some fun photos. This is a great way to include your furry family members, especially if you can’t bring them to your wedding venue.

3.) Highlight the Engagement Ring – Did your fiance’ do an excellent job picking out your ring? Make sure the ring is the focus for a few shots!

4.) Choose a Fun Activity for Photos – Maybe you are avid rock climbers, role-players, bikers, etc. Use the hobbies that you like to do together to create a fun photo-shoot that shows off what you love to do together!

5.) The Hand-Hold Pose – is a must for every engagement session! It shows how connected you are to the one you love.

6.) Lovely Portrait – Don’t forget to do some traditional poses looking at the camera too! Grandma wants to see your faces!

7.) Nightime Photos – Be unique and schedule your session close to sundown so you can also incorporate some night-time poses, especially if you got engaged around the holidays and Christmas lights are still hanging up around town.

8.) Wall Art Backdrop – Want an urban/edgy look… find some Graffiti Wall Art to pose in front of!

9.) Epic Kiss Photo – Don’t forget the romantic Hollywood kiss photo!

10.) Sun Glow Photos – Use the sun as an interesting/creative element in your photos!

Lucky, is an understatement for this beautiful couple! Sonya and Max were the winners of our Free Engagement Session giveaway at The Quality Hill Bridal Show last month! They wasted no time in setting up a fun photo-shoot with me in downtown Denver. Sonya showed me some photos of couples enjoying each other’s company in an urban scene and the rest was history! I met them at Union Station on a chilly Saturday morning and we explored the area. I had a great time photographing them…. there was a lot of chemistry between them and they were super easy to photograph! They will be saying their “I Do’s” this Spring! Congrats you two!

Who says snow can put a damper on your engagement session?! Not this couple… we bundled up and headed out to Boulder to give a little campus life feel to these photos. Bethany is a grad student at CU and my suggestion to do their engagement photos there so they have a little more urban flair to them was a big hit. We will be covering their Willow Ridge Manor wedding in August so it was great getting to know them a little more in person and to see the love they share between each other. As a couple they definitely had charisma and it was a pure joy photographing them! Enjoy these amazing snowy day engagement photos!

 

 

We traveled to Golden Gate Canyon Park at the peak of the Fall colors for Tiffany and Carl’s engagement session. I spent close to three hours photographing this amazing couple in multiple spots through out the park and in three different outfits! Most couples come with one outfit, but I loved how much thought and effort they put into their Engagement shoot! Their pooch even got into some of the photos which is a great way to incorporate a pet into your wedding especially if they won’t be allowed at the actual wedding venue. Beautiful scenery, loving couple equals awesome photos! Check them out!

Fall is a wonderful time to do your senior photos. The problem with it being a wonderful time to do photos is that a lot of seniors wait to do them until this time frame and portrait session slots fill up with most of the photographers that do them! In Colorado the senior yearbook photo submissions are also usually due early Fall with some even being due as early as September! I haven’t really be advertising my senior sessions in the past few years because the return on investment hasn’t been very high for me so consequently I do an average of 5-10 a year, but this also allows me to really personalize the service I give to my clients… helping them choose a location or locations that fits the personality of the soon to be graduate is important as well as incorporating interests of young adult in their photos to capture this special moment in their life!

Evan’s mom, Michelle purchased raffle tickets to receive a free session from me at one of the many charities that I choose yearly to donate our services too. She told me that the organization had a system of where you could put your tickets under the service you most wanted and since she really wanted a senior portrait session with me she put all of her tickets in the bucket under what I donated! And it paid off. Evan wanted to go one of his favorite locations to hike at and so we set-up a plan to go there and one other park near by that I knew had more trees at. I had a blast doing this shoot and we got some amazing photos! Enjoy!

 

Summertime is my favorite time of year to do family portraits! And we were lucky enough to have Cole’s 9 Month Milestone photo-shoot come up in August this year to take advantage of the warm days! I think this was out best session yet with all of the boys! Kids are always having more fun when they can run around a bit in between poses and backdrops. Little Cole is getting so big already! I can’t wait to do his final session in November to celebrate his one year birthday! Enjoy the photos!